Sky come up short

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS -

The Sky missed three po­ten­tial ty­ing shots in the fi­nal seven sec­onds, in­clud­ing two by Courtney Van­der­sloot, be­fore Gabby Wil­liams’ failed al­ley-oop at­tempt at the buzzer in an 8381 loss to the Lynx at IMG Acad­emy in Florida.

Van­der­sloot, Azura Stevens and Cheyenne Parker each had 16 points for the Sky (2-1). Al­lie Quigley added 11. Stevens had 11 re­bounds. Van­der­sloot (four as­sists) passed Becky Ham­mon for fifth on the league’s as­sist list.

Crys­tal Danger­field made two free throws to give the Lynx a 12-point lead with 3:26 to play, but Parker hit a three-poin­ter eight sec­onds later to spark a 10-3 run that trimmed the Sky’s deficit to 79-74 when Stevens made a three with 1:41 to go.

Napheesa Col­lier an­swered with a layup, but Van­der­sloot made a layup and then Di­a­mond DeShields had a steal and a layup to make it a three-point game with 53.6 sec­onds left.

Af­ter two free throws by Col­lier, Quigley’s three-poin­ter capped the scor­ing with 38.2 re­main­ing.

With Ste­fanie Dol­son (an­kle), Jan­tel Laven­der (foot) and Syd­ney Col­son (ill­ness) sit­ting out, the Sky used eight play­ers.

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Sky guard Courtney Van­der­sloot looks to pass around Lynx guard Shenise John­son.

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Sky for­ward Azura Stevens drives against Lynx for­ward Mikiah Herbert Har­ri­gan on Thurs­day.

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